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23 Aug

This Homeland Security Employee Is Preparing for a Coming Race War

War on the Horizon
At The Atlantic AUG 21, 2013
A Department of Homeland Security employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meet Ayo Kimathi, a.k.a. “the Irritated Genie,” who told his bosses at the DHS that his anti-white, anti-gay site, “War is on the Horizon,” was just an entertainment site that sells concert and lecture videos. 

You see, DHS employees, even those with office jobs like Kimathi’s, have to get outside activities approved by their supervisors, according to the SPLC. Kimathi’s former supervisor told the watchdog group, which tracks hate speech and groups in the U.S., that despite her former employee’s banal description of his extracurricular activities, the actual content of the site left her “stunned.” She continued: “To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me.” She added that had Kimathi’s site been accurately described to the agency, there’s no way the DHS would have signed off on it. Possibly to keep his bosses from looking up his work, Kimathi used only the site’s acronym, WOH, in his permission request. In addition to his involvement in the purchase of ICE supplies, Kimathi also had a public profile for the agency, speaking at vendor events. As “Irritated Genie,” Kimathi also has a public profile as a black supremacist advocate. 
The content of Kimathi’s advocacy demands some clarification. In some (white, conservative) circles, the term “black supremacist”  is applied with a very wide brush. Black supremacy was the implication of Maine Governor Paul LePage’s reported comments that President Obama “hates white people,” for instance. Kimathi’s site is not in this vein of this imagined threat — on the contrary, War on the Horizon calls Obama a “a treasonous mulatto scum dweller,” and lists him among the movement’s enemies (also on the list? Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Condoleezza Rice, among others) Instead, the DHS employee advocates for:
  • The mass murder of white people. His site says, “warfare is eminent, and in order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count.”
  • A conspiracy theory arguing that white people are trying to “homosexualize” black men in order to make them more effeminate and therefore weaker. As part of this, Kimathi, praises a series of laws in some African countries that criminalize LGBT behavior and people. Kimathi also advocates for the supremacy of black men above black women — he offers tips on his site, for instance, “to help every Black woman in the world understand what she needs to do to keep a strong Black man happy.” 
Conservatives don’t tend to be fans of the Southern Poverty Law Center: this is the same group that labeled The American Family Association and pretty much the entire anti-Islam movement as hate groups. But their report seems primed to stoke the fires of a set of American conservatives who already believe the DHS is hoarding ammunition (contrary to the evidence), either to build a secret army, or to prevent gun owners from accessing it.  
Update: ICE’s Deputy Press Secretary Gillian Christensen responded in a statement to this story: 
ICE does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of violence of any kind against anyone.  Every ICE employee is held to the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct. Accusations of misconduct are investigated thoroughly and if substantiated, appropriate action is taken.
Christensen declined to comment, as a matter of ICE policy, on whether the agency was currently investigating Kimathi or not. 
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Drone strikes kill militants in Yemen; Americans urged to leave

6 Aug

By Elise Labott and Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 6:38 AM EDT, Tue August 6, 2013
A Yemeni soldier mans a checkpoint on a street leading to the US embassy compound in Sanaa on August 4, 2013.
A Yemeni soldier mans a checkpoint on a street leading to the US embassy compound in Sanaa on August 4, 2013.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: UK withdraws staff from British embassy in Yemen, follows U.S. lead
  • Sources: Members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are planning an attack
  • The United States has heightened its security stance across the Mideast and Africa
  • Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri tells operatives in Yemen to “do something”

Britain advises against travel to Yemen

Analysis: Dangers of al Qaeda in Yemen

Sources: Al Qaeda plot in final stages

(CNN) — A pair of suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four al Qaeda militants in Yemen as the United States maintained a heightened security alert in the country and urged all Americans to leave immediately.
Security sources told CNN about the strikes but didn’t offer additional details. A Yemeni official said four drone strikes have been carried out in the past 10 days.
None of those killed on Tuesday were among the 25 names on the country’s most-wanted list, security officials said.
It is unclear whether the strikes were related to the added security alert in the country after U.S. officials intercepted a message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to operatives in Yemen telling them to “do something.” The message was sent to Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemeni affiliate. U.S. intelligence believes al-Wuhayshi has recently been appointed the overall terror organization’s No. 2 leader.
Also Tuesday, the State Department urged Americans in Yemen to leave immediately, citing terrorist activities and civil unrest. All non-emergency U.S. government personnel were also told to leave.
Two U.S. military transport aircraft landed in Yemen on Tuesday to evacuate American citizens.
“In response to a request from the U.S. State Department, early this morning the U.S. Air Force transported personnel out of Sana’a, Yemen, as part of a reduction in emergency personnel,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement.
Little also said, “The U.S. Department of Defense continues to have personnel on the ground in Yemen to support the U.S. State Department and monitor the security situation.”
The UK Foreign Office also announced it had temporarily withdrawn all staff from the British embassy and would keep the facility shut until employees are able to return.
Washington takes precautions
Acting on the intelligence information, the United States heightened its security stance, issuing a worldwide travel alert and closing a number of embassies and consulates over large areas of the Middle East and Africa this week.
The State Department said the substantial security steps reflect an “abundance of caution” over intelligence information that indicated final planning by al Qaeda in Yemen for possible terrorist attacks on Western targets to coincide with the end of Ramadan this week.
Three sources told CNN that the United States has information that members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are in the final stages of planning for an unspecified attack. Recent jailbreaks in Pakistan, Iraq and Libya all have the fingerprints of al Qaeda operations.
On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that U.S. anti-terrorism efforts had decimated al Qaeda’s global leadership and greatly diminished its core in Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying the threat had “shifted to some of these affiliates, in particular AQAP.”
Separately, American special forces units overseas have been on alert for the past several days awaiting a mission to attack potential al Qaeda targets if those behind the most recent terror threats against U.S. interests can be identified, a senior Obama administration official told CNN.
The official declined to identify the units or their locations because of the sensitive nature of the information. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put the units on alert last week, the official said.
CNN’s Barbara Starr and Hakim Almasmari contributed to this report

NSA Monitoring: Should We Be Worried?

6 Jul

Thanks for the permission!

5 Jul

Statement on planned Fourth of July demonstrations
3 July 2013
The Fourth of July reminds us as Americans of the freedoms and rights all citizens of our country are guaranteed by our Constitution. Among those is freedom of speech, often exercised in protests of various kinds. NSA does not object to any lawful, peaceful protest. NSA and its employees work diligently and lawfully every day, around the clock, to protect the nation and its people.

I just noticed this NSA statement from a couple days ago. According to the statement, “NSA does not object to any lawful, peaceful protest.”

Does not object? What, do we need NSA’s permission to protest these days? And what if NSA *had* objected?

As Americans, we need to stand together now to protect our rights. Our government grows bolder and more arrogant with each passing day. Set aside the partisan politics and defend liberty before it’s too late.

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Statists continue to try to shift story from NSA surveillance to what Snowden has for lunch

23 Jun
‘Grand tour of U.S. adversaries’: NSA leaker Snowden leaves Hong Kong by way of Moscow

Michelle Malkin and Twitchy tweeters don’t seem to realize that everything Snowden does and has done shows that Big Government is incompetent to classify millions of secrets, manage millions of employees with security clearances, and keep track of one 29 year old IT guy and his travels.

Everything the national security state priests like General Keith Alexander and the little worm tongued Clapper homunculus and commentators including the fair lady Michelle Malkin and the lovely haired Tucker Carlson have to say on the subject is mainly shit.

That you think Snowden should have “been brave” and taken up these matters in our corrupted, farcical, untrustworthy American justice system is irrelevant.  Even if that were true it is picayune compared to the undebated and hidden expansion of the surveillance state.  And it is a lie to say “we knew” or “Congress knew.”  All we knew is that months ago after a security briefing Senator Rand Paul told us it was shocking the extent of government surveillance of Americans, but it was illegal for him to disclose what he had been told.  Some debate.

(OK only half shit for Michelle and a fourth shit for Tucker, but you don’t eat the gourmet meal when it is served with a dab of shit.  Tucker is almost the only person on TV pointing out that the real story is the NSA not Snowden.)

As I write this I am watching the Clintonian chipmunk and several ruling class flaks burble among themselves on This Week about how Snowden’s flying to Venezuela (which he hasn’t done yet) is ironic because at least “we” treat our serfs better than they do.  Akin to the standard liberal Democrat argument that their fascism is better than evil Republican fascism because they let us serfs give blow jobs and abort a fetus.  (Very convenient “freedoms” for members of the liberal Democrat ruling class, given how they like to treat the help.)